116 – Halloween Flicks 2017

October 30, 2017 0

un_halloweenHappy Halloween! George, Chia and Chris indulge in our annual Halloween movie watch. This year: Halloween, Pulgasari and City of the Living DeadWhich flicks made us scream? Which cried out for the MST3K treatment? There’s one way to find out, gentle listener. (Actually, there are two. Consult our Unreliable Narrators Watch… series of posts for gory details in our watch transcripts.)

The Unreliable Narrators watch…Halloween!!!

October 29, 2017 0

Halloween

Welcome to the third and final episode of this year’s Halloween edition of “The Unreliable Narrators Watch…,” starring The Unreliable Narrators. This week we’re watching John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” the quintessential movie of this wonderful holiday!

WARNING: the following contains spoilers!!!

Dramatis Personae: Chris, Chia, George…and special guest-star Taz the Dog!

chialynn [9:44 PM] Three… two… one…

george_galuschak [9:44 PM] Halloween!

chialynn [9:44 PM] Halloween!

chris [9:45 PM] Halloween!

chris [9:45] piano!

chialynn [9:45 PM] For our readers at home, I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen this before.

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The Unreliable Narrators watch…Pulgasari!

October 27, 2017 0

PULGASARI

Welcome to the second episode of the Halloween edition of “The Unreliable Narrators Watch…” with your hosts, the Unreliable Narrators. This week, we’re watching PULGASARI, a giant monster movie made in North Korea. A rice/gluten golem animated by a blacksmith, Pulgasari eats iron and grows to about 800 feet and – well, this is a movie you have to see to believe.

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS!

Dramatis Personae

Chia, Chris, George

chialynn [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!

chris [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!

george_galuschak [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!

chris [8:08 PM] SPROCKET

chialynn [8:08 PM] Flicks!

george_galuschak [8:09 PM] horse

chialynn [8:09 PM] That’s promising.

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115 – Author Spotlight: Ferrett Steinmetz

October 23, 2017 0

un_steinmetzFlex author and meritorious pantser-mancer Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his new book, The Uploaded. But that’s not the only thing that comes up during our VP13 reunion. Donuts! Quirky writers! Bake-offs! Shorts vs. novels! Writing what you want vs. what you think will sell! And a sneak peak at his next mad creation. This one has it all!

The Unreliable Narrators watch…Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead!

October 23, 2017 0

city living dead

Welcome to a very special Halloween edition of “The Unreliable Narrators Watch…” with your hosts, the Unreliable Narrators. This week, we’re settling in with a Lucio Fulci splatterfest. City of the Living Dead is the first movie in the acclaimed (?!?) director’s Gates of Hell trilogy.

After watching this movie we were all pretty shell-shocked and didn’t have much in the way of final thoughts. A word of caution: do not watch this while you are eating.

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS. And howler monkeys!

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

Chris
Chia
George

george_galuschak [6:31 PM] City of the Living Dead!

chialynn [6:31 PM] City of the Living Dead!

chris [6:31 PM] City of the Living Dead!

chris [6:31 PM] Now that’s how you start a horror movie!

george_galuschak [6:32 PM] lots of fog

chris [6:32 PM] screaming

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114 – Author Spotlight: Grady Hendrix

October 16, 2017 0

un_hendrixThe author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism channels his encyclopedic knowledge with Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s. He regales us with tales of horror from the publishing industry, Asian cinema, wild animal attacks, evil fetus leprechauns, The Great Stephen King Reread and too much more to mention. Do you dare press play?

Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

October 12, 2017 0

I am a fan of Stephanie Burgis’ work. Her middle grade novels starring the incorrigible Kat Stephenson are some of my favorites. I love the skillful way Burgis writes the whimsical Kat in a great historical setting. Burgis weaves history and fantasy together in all her works. I just read Burgis’ novella Snowspelled, and I am transported.

Snowspelled is the story of Cassandra Hargrove, an exceptional sorceress who has pushed herself too far, and must now face the consequences of her actions. The book is about Cassandra finding her new self, and her struggles in the face of that. True to perfectionist form, she isolates, breaking her relationship with the her fiance. The two are thrown together at a house party, and well, I can’t begin to describe the chemistry and witty banter between them. You can guess, however, that I came for the setting and I stayed for the relationship. Into this mix Cassandra and Wrexham encounter an elf-lord with an agenda against Angland, and Cassandra has to find the culprit causing an unnatural winter.

All of the characters are wonderfully realized. Cassandra is an easy character to identify with, flaws and all. Brother Jonathan and sister Amy show Cassandra an affection that help the readers extrapolate her less prickly dimensions. I won’t begin to praise Wrexham. We could be here a long time. Just…read the novella.  I read it in a day. That is testimony to its quality, not my speed.

What is best of all about this is that there will be more. I’ll be waiting, not so patiently, right over here.

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